National Imams Consultative Forum (NICF) Statements Launch
The launch of the National Imams Consultative Forum (NICF) Statements was held on Saturday 23 May, 2015 in Melbourne. The launch was facilitated by Professor Abdullah Saeed, Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, informing the group about the work NICF members have been doing since November 2012.
The statements were launched by Sheikh Abdul Azim al-Afifi as a key member of the NICF, in the presence of 23 imams from Victoria as well as 10 imams from interstate.
The imams present on the stage at the launch with Sheikh Abdul Azim al-Afifi were Imam Gul Saeed Shah (VIC), Dr Abdurrahman Asaroglu (NSW), Imam Abdullah Haffejee (WA), Imam Afroz Ali (NSW), Imam Burhaan Mehtar (WA), Imam Daud Yunus (NT), Imam Tariq Syed (NSW) and Imam Yusuf Peer (QLD). This demonstrates the Imams' commitment to and support for this type of work.
Sheikh Abdul Azim spoke about the important role of Imams and acknowledged the difficulties and challenges the Imams faced in arriving at agreement on the text of the statements, given the complex and sensitive nature of the issues the statements had to cover. He encouraged the Imams to continue their hard work.